Styles

Applying styles in Word is useful when you want Word documents to have a more professional look. Modifying Word styles is also possible.

Introduction

Video: Styles

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A style is a predefined combination of font style, color, and size that can be applied to any text in your document. Styles can help your documents achieve a more professional appearance.

Optional: Download our practice document.

To apply a style:

  1. Select the text you want to format.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting text to format
  2. In the Styles group on the Home tab, click the More drop-down arrow.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the More drop-down arrow
  3. Select the desired style from the drop-down menu.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Choosing a style
  4. The text will appear in the selected style.
    Screenshot of Word 2013The applied style

You can also use styles to create a table of contents for your document. To learn how, review our article on How to Create a Table of Contents in Microsoft Word.

To apply a Style set:

Style sets include a combination of title, heading, and paragraph styles. Style sets allow you to format all elements in your document at once instead of modifying each element separately.

  1. From the Design tab, click the More drop-down arrow in the Document Formatting group.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the More drop-down arrow
  2. Choose the desired style set from the drop-down menu.
    Screenshot of Excel 2013Choosing a Style Set
  3. The selected style set will be applied to your entire document.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The applied Style Set

To modify a style:

  1. Locate and right-click the style you want to change in the Styles group, then select Modify... from the drop-down menu.
    Screenshot of Excel 2013Selecting a style to modify
  2. A dialog box will appear. Make the desired formatting changes, such as font style, size, and color. If you want, you can also change the name of the style.
  3. When you're satisfied, click OK to save your changes.
    Screenshot of Excel 2013Modifying a style
  4. The style will be modified.

To create a new style:

  1. Click the arrow in the bottom-right corner of the Styles group.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the arrow in the bottom-right corner of the Styles group
  2. The Styles task pane will appear. Select the New Style button at the bottom of the task pane.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the New Style button
  3. A dialog box will appear. Enter a name for the style, and choose the desired text formatting.
  4. When you're satisfied, click OK.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Creating a new style
  5. The new style will appear in the Styles group.
    Screenshot of Word 2013The newly created style in the Styles group

Challenge!

  1. Open an existing Word document. If you want, you can use the practice document.
  2. Apply several different styles to different parts of your document.
  3. Apply a style set to your entire document.
  4. Modify an existing style.
  5. Create a new style.